Grad Students Nab SSHRC Support

August 03, 2011 - News Release

Seven University of Guelph graduate students have received awards worth almost $500,000 in total from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

PhD students Jordan Bartol, Dawn Dietrich and Caitlin Holton each received $105,000 doctoral scholarships, and master’s student Katharine Anderson received a $17,500 award. Their awards came from SSHRC’s Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program, named for the Canadian inventor and business leader.

“I’m honoured and excited,” said Dietrich, a PhD student in geography. She studies socio-economic and biophysical effects of environmental change in forestry-based communities in central Ontario, particularly challenges and opportunities for women. “The impacts are not felt evenly by men and women, and it is through a feminist and environmental history lens that my research will seek to understand the formation of gendered environmental change.”

Bartol, a PhD student in philosophy, will study personalized genomics. Holton, a history student, is looking at masculine identity and representation in medieval Scotland. Anderson is researching the growth of factory farming in 20th-century America.

Three Guelph graduate students also received SSHRC doctoral fellowships. Sarah Pugh and Kent Schroeder received $40,000 awards to analyze migration discourse in South Africa and development in Bhutan, respectively. Psychology student Darcy Dupuis received $20,000 to examine how money affects behaviour.

The U of G funding was part of awards worth $116 million for more than 2,500 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers announced last week by SSHRC.

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